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Noli Me Tangere: Summary and Analysis of Chapter 43 (Plans)

After Don Tiburcio de Espadana checks on Maria Clara and gives her a prescription, Friar Damaso arrives and talks with her.  The priest is introduced to Linares, and conjures up a plan to arrange the youth's marriage to Maria Clara.  Meanwhile, Lucas is formulating a plan to harm Ibarra.  Friar Salvi also has plans of his own. 

Points of Note:
The scene where Friar Damaso tears up after seeing Maria Clara in such poor condition shows that still, he has a heart -- a father's heart.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Question: When Friar Damaso breaks down in tears, Friar Salvi observes him silently without saying anything.  Explain.
Answer: Salvi hints that Damaso is Maria Clara's biological father.

Question: Although Friar Damaso is severely saddened over the ill condition of Maria Clara, he is suddenly in high spirits after seeing Linares.  Why is this so?
Answer: This is a common behavior among foreigners who meet each other in a different land.  They greet each other warmly despite disagreements in their home country.

Question: Why does Friar Damaso find it a positive trait of Linares to be effeminate?
Answer: He despises rebellious young men.

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